Politics

STRAIGHT SHOOTERS: SCOTUS Backs the 2nd, Rules NY Concealed Carry Requirements Too Restrictive

posted by Hannity Staff - 6.23.22

According to a report from Fox News, the Supreme Court has ruled that New York’s requirements to obtain a permit to carry a concealed handgun are unconstitutionally restrictive, paving the way for expanded 2nd Amendment rights.

“In this case, petitioners and respondents agree that ordinary, law-abiding citizens have a similar right to carry handguns publicly for their self-defense. We too agree, and now hold, consistent with Heller and McDonald, that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in the Court’s opinion. “Because the State of New York issues public-carry licenses only when an applicant demonstrates a special need for self-defense, we conclude that the State’s licensing regime violates the Constitution.”

The Court ruled 6-3.

From Fox News…

The existing standard required an applicant to show “proper cause” for seeking a license, and allowed New York officials to exercise discretion in determining whether a person has shown a good enough reason for needing to carry a firearm. Stating that one wished to protect themselves or their property was not enough.

The case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, was the first major gun rights case before the Supreme Court in more than a decade. 

During oral arguments it seemed likely that the court’s conservative justices would rule against the state.

“Why isn’t it good enough to say I live in a violent area and I want to defend myself?” Justice Brett Kavanaugh asked.

This story is developing…

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